The only thing I love more than a beautiful tablescape is a good dinner party with beautiful table decor. Just because this temporary apartment is a little too small to host much of anything, doesn’t mean I’ve given up on pretty fall tables and decor for the two of us. This dinner got me all sorts of excited to move, play hostess, and enjoy the flavors of fall.
A few things I always like to include at anything I host:
- Thin-stemmed glasses
- Homemade bread
When it comes to bread, I’ve shared quite a few roll recipes (our favorite being this crescent recipe), but we also love our quick 30 minute rolls that I whipped up for our little dinner party for two. We’ve had a lot to celebrate around here lately (baby boy makes top of the list but last week there were a few high competitors) but without a lot of energy, everything is kept pretty simple. These rolls are 30 minutes start to finish (although I like them a little better if I give them 45 minutes and allow for a little extra rising) and are so, so easy. We’ve been making them since our first college apartment and when I can’t come up with anything for dinner, I whip out this recipe and a can of soup from the cupboard and it feels like a hearty homemade meal.
As for the stemware, the biggest trick is getting it to stay clean. I remember a party we had back in Cincinnati where I had to spent a good half hour hand washing each goblet before guests arrived because they looked too cloudy. Luckily, even in our below average dishwasher in this apartment, with a bit of Finish Quantum Power dish detergent (and hardly anything else in the dishwasher for fear of them breaking), they come out sparkling with zero handwashing involved. Now I think we can start using them for every meal 🙂
A few shots our of fall dinner decor (and scroll to the bottom for the roll recipe):
^I tied a bit of burlap around the silverware
^This dishwasher detergent is on rollback at Walmart through October and can be paired with coupons for additional saving…I guess they could be mistaken for candy so be sure to supervise children when letting them help (I am so looking forward to the day when I have kids older enough to get dish days)
^the wine goblets are beautiful crystal pieces from our wedding….and the champagne flutes are $5 for a set of four at target that I bought for for my first college apartment
^For a little festive (and inexpensive) table decor, I wrapped burlap around a variety of candles and then added some tea candles along the runner. If my twine wasn’t packed in a box in our “room of requirement” I would have secured the burlap with that instead of rubberbands…
^You can see a bit of the beautiful table runner my mother made for our first Christmas – I love all the deep autumn colors
- 1 C and 2 Tbsp warm water
- 1/3 C vegetable oil
- 2 Tbsp (2 packages) yeast
- 1/4 C sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 4 1/4 C flour
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix water, yeast, sugar and oil in bowl and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Add salt and egg.
- Add flour cup by cup until dough is sticky but doesn’t stick to edges of bowl (I use a stand mixer and add a cup at a time and then any more flour that is necessary to have it not stick to the sides of the bowl).
- Grease jelly roll sheet or casserole dish.
- Form dough into small balls and let rise for 10 minutes. (if you have an extra ten or fifteen minutes, let them rise for 20-25 minutes instead)
- Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until the tops begin to golden.
**bonus: throw the pan and the mixing bowl in the dishwasher with a little Finish detergent and there’s no dishes involved either 😛